November 7, 2013

Traces of Laurel: Laurel County loses a friend



Nellie also wrote two books of fiction set in the Laurel River valley, as well as a story for children. Over the past few years she had turned to writing about the Detroit era in “My Chrysler Years” and “This Old House vs. The Probate Vultures.” The final one (“This Old House …”) is currently at the printer and my heart aches that Nellie will not get to see it in its finished form. She worked so hard on it. Only a week or so ago she told me of her plans for her next book.

Nellie was a strong woman who lived her life as ethically and responsibly as she knew how and who loved this place of her roots through all her 96 years. She was a joy to know and work with and I will miss her always. Her niece told me, “Aunt Nellie died as she lived - gently and quietly.” Her strength and character and her love for her old home are Nellie’s legacy.

I think it’s a priceless one.


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The historical society is still seeking interviews with Laurel Countians who are over the age of 80 who would be willing to leave a record of their life in the society’s archives. Subjects are only asked to answer a few questions about their childhood and youth and their connection to Laurel County. 

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The Laurel County Historical Society is located at 310 W. 3rd St., London, (formerly the Laurel County Health Department).  The library is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 12 noon.  For further information, contact 606-864-0607 during library hours, or 606-224-3767 at other times.  Email the society at or Jan Sparkman at

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